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Facebook, Instagram, YouTube Are Killing Off Likes Even Though They Invented Them

Do you remember what it was like before you were even able to like things on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube? Yeah, I don’t remember that either.

Liking things on social media platforms is part of our day-to-day routine now, and it’s hard to imagine that going away.

Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube are the ones that invented being able to like the content we see in the first place, and they’re trying to kill it off right about now.

Facebook is currently considering experimenting with hiding the number of likes on posts, and this is already being rolled out on Instagram right now.

While Facebook hasn’t officially released a motive behind the like test they’re thinking of implementing, Instagram has made their position known.

Instagram has cited concern that the number of likes being public is potentially making other users of their platform feel badly for not having the same engagement.

I think it’s safe to say that we’re already well aware of the studies being done surrounding our use of social media and consequent mental health implications.

YouTube already said back in May of this year that they will be initiating, “abbreviated public subscriber counts.”

What does that mean? They’re no longer going to show the exact number of subscribers on channels with huge followings.

This is all coming to light close behind former employees of Google and Facebook publically speaking out about the things they helped to launch.

Leah Pearlman is one of the people who actually helped create the like button at Facebook, and she had some thoughts that she shared with The Ringer.

“Have you seen that episode of ‘Black Mirror’?” Leah said to them. “I just watched that about a month ago, and that haunts me on a pretty regular basis. Because it’s not that far off.”

Bre is a female millennial go getter residing in New York. One part entrepreneur, one part geek, she obtained her degree in Textile/Surface Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology.

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